WATCH: Obama honors Ohio State, refuses to say 'Michigan'

April 20, 2015

The Ohio State Buckeyes stopped by the White House on Monday to be honored by President Obama for their 2014-15 national championship.

In his speech for the Buckeyes, Obama cracked jokes on a number of players.

He gave a shoutout to defensive end Joey Bosa and did the Bosa Shrug.

He pointed out that running back Ezekiel Elliott forced the NCAA to ban midriff jerseys before turning to him and saying, "Thanks for tucking your shirt in today." 


He gave props to Cardale Jones and said one thing we learned this season was that "anybody with a nickname like '12 gauge' has to be taken seriously."

Aside from all of that -- plus taking credit for making the College Football Playoff official -- he made the day for Ohio State fans by beginning his speech with the "O-H-I-O" chant and refusing to say "Michigan" at one point in his speech, which of course drew huge applause.

Here's the video of the Buckeyes' visit with Obama.

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